Driver, allegedly drunk and fleeing from police, crashes into tree

ELLSWORTH — A local man was reportedly unhurt after he crashed his vehicle while allegedly driving drunk and fleeing from police late last week.

Police said Nelson Soto Aviles, 50, of Ellsworth was headed south on Route 1A around 7 p.m. Friday night when Sgt. Shawn Willey attempted to stop him for speeding.

A police report indicates Willey clocked Aviles traveling at 77 miles per hour in a 55-mph zone.

Aviles “attempted to flee and lost control of the vehicle while attempting to make a right turn into a driveway,” according to the police report.

The 1997 Lexus SUV Aviles was driving went into a ditch and then hit a tree. Aviles reportedly “attempted to back up” after hitting the tree “but stopped once a cruiser was behind the vehicle.”

Aviles was arrested and charged with OUI and failure to stop for a police officer. He also was issued a speeding ticket.

Aviles was reportedly uninjured, and the vehicle he was driving sustained only minor damage.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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